How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
This is an important question, as research shows that the fit between the client and the therapist is a very important predictor for a successful therapy. You are encouraged to take your time in choosing your therapist, and many people meet with different therapists before selecting the one that feels right.
You can use a free 30 minute in-person consultation or our initial intake interview to ask the questions important to you, and to get a sense of what it feels like to work with me. My style is empathic, intuitive, and interactive. I tune into the client’s strengths, talents, and potential, and I am direct about the path I feel will be most beneficial to you.
A common mistaken belief that many people make when selecting a therapist is that the therapist needs to be similar to you in order to be a good fit. For instance, some people believe they need someone who is the same age, gender, and with a similar life background in order to be a good match. That makes intuitive sense, right?
As research in psychotherapy and personal experience has shown, the most important factors that make a therapist effective is their ability to be genuine, hold unconditional positive regard, and to be accurate in their understanding of their client’s experience.
Truth is, we all share the same feelings: joy, sadness, disgust, fear, shame, guilt, happiness, etc. A therapist who is able to connect with you authentically, who is able to understand your experience, and creates a safe place where you can trust the therapy process is arguably the most important reason you should select a therapist.